BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — It looks like long-time rumors of a new direction for the Buffalo Bills are materializing. New faces could soon be arriving in Buffalo.
Reports surfaced Tuesday from ESPN sources claiming the Buffalo Bills reached a trade deal with the Philadelphia Eagles to trade Kiko Alonso, a linebacker coming off his rookie season following an injury in the off-season, for veteran running back LeSean McCoy.
The trade is one of a magnitude not frequently seen in the NFL. Only once every few years is the face of a franchise traded away. Kiko Alonso, after putting up impressive numbers his rookie year, was largely the face of the Buffalo Bills defense under former Defensive Coordinator Mike Pettine — a man whose success in Buffalo propelled him to a head coaching job in Cleveland. Alonso’s hard work and raw talent saw the creation of the Legend of Kiko Alonso, a term which both poked fun at standout who seemed to ooze talent and lauded his success.
But the bringing on of LeSean McCoy, one of the league’s top running backs who has appeared three times in the NFL Pro Bowl in his four years with the Philadelphia Eagles, leaves one too many big name running backs on the Bills roster.
In an interview with the NFL Network C.J. Spiller — an impressive running back by all NFL standards — said he would not be returning to Buffalo.
Spiller appeared on the NFL Network’s NFL Total Access show. He confirmed he took a phone call from team managers, saying he could confirm the moves. He joked, saying “we pretty much know that.”
Spiller was on the last year of a contract in Buffalo, and despite his shaky production due to injuries, was a major part of the 2014 offense.
“Management called me and told me that they was going in that direction, and pretty much gave me a ‘Thank you for your service,'” Spiller said on NFL Total Access.
Spiller said he would have fun with the upcoming free agency period.
No reports can be confirmed by teams until the start of the free agency period.